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Graduation Preparation

In order to participate in Commencement, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Complete your degree/certificate application by March 25, 2021.
  2. Complete the Commencement RSVP by March 25, 2021.
  3. Purchase your regalia

Eligibility to Participate in Commencement

In order to participate in the  Commencement ceremony, you must be actively enrolled in all required coursework prior to the degree/certificate application submission deadline.  For work done outside of Liberty University (transfer, CLEP, ICE, etc.), you must provide proof of completion (transcript with final grade) to commencement@liberty.edu or registrar@liberty.edu.

Certificate Students

  • If you are a certificate student, you are also eligible to attend Commencement only if you have successfully completed all certificate requirements prior to or during the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Certificate students are not eligible for the exception. You will not be approved to participate in Commencement and finish certificate requirements in the Fall..

Graduate Students with Thesis/Dissertation requirement

  • Students who are in thesis/dissertation degree programs are not under the two courses remaining rule. In order to be eligible to participate, these students must be enrolled in all outstanding courses including the defense course for the Spring semester and successfully defend by TBA.
  • The student must not lack any degree requirements after the Spring semester.

Degree/certificate application

  • The degree/certificate application must be submitted online through ASIST. From the Student tab in ASIST, click on “Student Records” and then “Submit Degree/Certificate Application.”
  • A degree/certificate application must be completed by March 25, 2021 in order to guarantee that your name will appear in the 2021 Commencement Program.
  • A degree/certificate application must be completed before a degree/certificate will be conferred. This application will provide important information for the preparation of your diploma.
  • Be aware of the I UNDERSTAND THAT section on the Degree Completion Application. If you have any questions please contact the Registrar’s Office at (434) 592-5100 or registrar@liberty.edu
  • The $100 degree/$50 certificate application fee will be assessed by the Student Accounts Office within 1-2 weeks of the degree/certificate application being submitted and the fee will be added to your account for the semester in which the application is submitted.*

If any information on a degree/certificate application needs to be changed after it has been submitted, please email your Academic Evaluator.

*If you are currently utilizing your GI Bill® and would like for the graduation fee of $100 to be funded by the GI Bill®, your degree/certificate application must be submitted during your last term of courses. If your degree/certificate application is received after the completion of your final courses, or during a term where you are not enrolled in courses, the GI Bill® cannot cover the $100 fee and you will be responsible to cover this charge.

For more information, please contact vabenefits@liberty.edu.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.